Heide takes helm of Eagle Valley Land Trust | VailDaily.com

Heide takes helm of Eagle Valley Land Trust

Special to the Vail DailyKara Heide worked for Vail Resorts for 32 years, dealing with philanthropic efforts and government affairs

EAGLE VALLEY, Colorado ” A longtime former Vail Resorts employee has been named executive director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

Kara Heide took over the position earlier this month, said Dan Godec, president of the board of directors of the land trust.

“I think the biggest reason (for choosing Heide) was we felt Kara brought a great skill set to the position, certainly with her long history of philanthropy in the Vail Valley,” Godec said.

Heide has worked for Vail Resorts for 32 years, dealing with philanthropy and government affairs. She replaces Cindy Cohagen, who has served as executive director since 2001. Cohagen will remain with the land trust in the position of director of projects, Godec said.

Heide will oversee land trust operations including fundraising, marketing, finance and community relations. The land trust hopes that Heide will be able to broaden the organization’s reach, both in terms of finding additional lands to conserve and finding funding sources, Godec said.

The land trust, a private, nonprofit organization, aims to preserve open space in Eagle County for agriculture, wildlife and scenic beauty. It has helped place protections on ranch properties and open space across Eagle County.

The land trust is currently working a $7.9-million deal to preserve the 1,000-acre Colorado River Ranch, which is along the Colorado River in western Eagle County. The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide later this month if it will put $5.7 million of the county’s open space funds toward the deal.

The land trust was instrumental in deals the preserved the Bair Ranch in western Eagle County, the Gates Ranch in northern Eagle County, and Edwards’ Eagle River Preserve, part of which opened to public on Saturday.

Heide could not be reached Tuesday.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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